Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear
  • Patent number: 8340275
    Abstract: A network-based service may generate notifications regarding items of interest to a user. A contact selection service may receive the notifications and generate a user interface for transmission of the notification to the user. The generated user interface may include a unique identifier and may further enable the user to submit user contact information to request contact with a service agent. The contact selection service may further pre-authorize contacts between users and customer service agents CSA. The unique identifier, and optionally the submitted user contact information, may be employed by the contact selection service to selectively determine which customer contact requests received by the contact selection service are pre-authorized for contact with a CSA and enables such contacts between customers and CSAs to proceed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Jason Brandwine, Andrew J. Doane
  • Patent number: 8336220
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a coordinate measurement apparatus includes an articulated arm having a first end and a second end with at least a first arm segment and a second arm segment therebetween. Further, the apparatus can comprise at least one ball and socket joint connecting the first arm segment to the second arm segment, with the ball and socket joint including a ball member and a socket member, and a measurement probe attached to the first end of said articulated arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Hexagon Metrology AB
    Inventors: Homer L Eaton, Paul A Ferrari
  • Patent number: 8338589
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for producing laurolactam from cyclododecanone oxime by liquid-phase rearrangement reaction using trichlorotriazine as a rearrangement catalyst. The present invention can provide a process which can solve the problem of termination of the reaction at a certain conversion, can prevent an inactive precipitate generated from trichlorotriazine from precipitating in the course of the reaction process, and can remove an inactive precipitate, an active intermediate and a residual catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: UBE Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Junichi Kugimoto, Nobuhiro Ii, Takashi Doi, Satoru Fujitsu, Tadashi Gotou, Hideo Shimomura, Ryouta Yasumatsu, Joji Kawai
  • Patent number: 8339523
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a television apparatus includes a housing, a vibration module attached to the housing, a supporting portion which is secured to the housing and supports the vibration module for vibration, and an oscillation unit which causes the vibration module to vibrate. In addition, the television apparatus includes a plurality of first projections protruding from one of the vibration module and the housing toward the other, a sheet spanning between respective distal end portions of the first projections, and a plurality of second projections provided on the other of the vibration module and the housing and abutting the sheet at positions between the first projections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Tomoko Kitamura, Satoshi Yokote, Masataka Tokoro, Kohei Wada, Ryosuke Kasaya, Tetsuo Okazaki
  • Patent number: 8338085
    Abstract: Alignment tolerances between narrow mask lines and wider mask lines in an integrated circuit are increased. The narrow mask lines are formed by pitch multiplication and the wider mask lines are formed by photolithography. The wider mask lines are aligned so that one side of those lines is flush with or inset from a corresponding side of the narrow lines. Being wider, the opposite sides of the wider mask lines protrude beyond the corresponding opposite sides of the narrow mask lines. The wider mask lines are formed in negative photoresist having a height less than the height of the narrow mask lines. The narrow mask lines can prevent expansion of the mask lines in one direction, thus increasing alignment tolerances in that direction. In the other direction, a shadowing effect causes the wider mask lines to be formed with a rounded corner, thus increasing alignment tolerances in that direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gurtej S Sandhu, Randal W Chance, William T Rericha
  • Patent number: 8337403
    Abstract: An application identification sensor comprises a plurality of emitters configured to transmit light into a tissue site and a detector configured to receive the light after tissue absorption. The detector generates a signal responsive to the intensity of the light and communicates the signal to a monitor. An information element is readable by the monitor so as to identify a sensor application. The monitor presets at least one user-selectable operational parameter in response to the information element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Ammar Al-Ali, Massi E. Kiani, Walter M. Weber
  • Patent number: 8334249
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a coated detergent composition and a process of manufacturing thereof. More in detail the present invention refers to a coated detergent tablet wherein the coating is applied to the tablet by bringing a powder coating material in direct contact with the tablet and thereafter equalizing the powder particles in a way that a homogenous “fused” coating (film) layer is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignees: Dalli-Werke GmbH & Co. KG, Gelita AG
    Inventors: Sascha Belten-Casteel, Gerard Krist, Stefan Müller, Ralf Pörschke
  • Patent number: 8333999
    Abstract: The invention provides a process for co-producing ethanol and Radix Puerariae flavones and utilizing Radix Puerariae fibers from Radix Puerariae by way of clean solid state fermentation, and the device used therein. The process comprises the following steps: providing Radix Puerariae as raw material; pretreating the Radix Puerariae raw material by steam explosion; producing and separating ethanol by continuous coupled solid state fermentation; filtering off fermentation residues; and extracting and purifying Radix Puerariae flavones from the filtrate. The process achieves an effective and comprehensive utilization of Radix Puerariae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignees: Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hu Nan Qiangsheng Medicine Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hongzhang Chen, Xiaoguo Fu, Weidong Wang
  • Patent number: 8335830
    Abstract: A method for presenting additional content for a word that is part of a message, and that is presented by a mobile communication device, includes the steps of: presenting the message, including emphasizing one or more words for which respective additional content is available for presenting by the mobile communication device; receiving an utterance that includes an emphasized word for which additional content is available for presenting by the mobile communication device; and presenting the additional content for the emphasized word included in the utterance received by the mobile communication device. These steps are performed by the mobile communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Canyon IP Holdings, LLC.
    Inventors: Victor Roditis Jablokov, Igor Roditis Jablokov, James Richard Terrell, II, Scott Edward Paden
  • Patent number: 8333700
    Abstract: Methods for ultrasound treatment of hyperhidrosis are provided. Various methods and systems for targeted treatment of sweat glands can be configured in various manners, such as through use of therapy only, therapy and monitoring, imaging and therapy, or therapy, imaging, and monitoring, and/or through use of focused, unfocused, or defocused ultrasound through control of various spatial and temporal parameters. As a result, thermal and/or ablative energy can be deposited at the particular depth at which the sweat gland population is located below the skin surface. Ultrasound and non-ultrasound treatments for hyperhidrosis are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Guided Therapy Systems, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Peter G. Barthe, Michael H. Slayton, Inder Raj S. Makin
  • Patent number: 8333899
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method of manufacturing a magnetic recording medium includes forming on a magnetic recording layer a first hard mask, a second hard mask, a third hard mask and a resist, imprinting the resist with a stamper, removing a residue left in the recesses of the patterned resist, etching the third hard mask by use of the patterned resist as a mask, etching the second hard mask by use of the third hard mask as a mask, etching the first hard mask by use of the second hard mask as a mask, forming a pattern of the magnetic recording layer with ion beam irradiation, and removing the first hard mask by use of a remover liquid with higher reactivity to the metal material of the first hard mask than to a constituent element of the magnetic recording layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Masatoshi Sakurai, Kaori Kimura, Yousuke Isowaki, Akira Watanabe, Yoshiyuki Kamata
  • Patent number: 8333268
    Abstract: A bicycle shock absorber and methods for differentiating between rider-induced forces and terrain-induced forces includes a first fluid chamber having fluid contained therein, a piston for compressing the fluid within the fluid chamber, a second fluid chamber coupled to the first fluid chamber by a fluid communication hose, and an inertial valve disposed within the second fluid chamber. The inertial valve opens in response to terrain-induced forces and provides communication of fluid compressed by the piston from the first fluid chamber to the second fluid chamber. The inertial valve does not open in response to rider-induced forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael McAndrews
  • Patent number: 8333770
    Abstract: The present application is directed to various spinal stabilization systems. The systems can include one or more guiding elements attached to screw members to assist in guiding rod implants and tools to desired locations within a patient. The guiding elements can include a plurality of wires, blades, or tabs. The guiding elements can be capable of criss-crossing or intersecting at or near an incision, such that only a single incision may be needed to perform a surgery. The guiding elements can also include telescoping features that allow the height of the guiding elements to be adjusted in use, thereby allowing multiple telescoping guiding elements to be used with the same incision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: Sherwin Hua
  • Patent number: 8335829
    Abstract: A method for presenting additional content for a word that is part of a message, and that is presented by a mobile communication device, includes the steps of: presenting the message, including emphasizing one or more words for which respective additional content is available for presenting by the mobile communication device; receiving an utterance that includes an emphasized word for which additional content is available for presenting by the mobile communication device; and presenting the additional content for the emphasized word included in the utterance received by the mobile communication device. These steps are performed by the mobile communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Canyon IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Victor Roditis Jablokov, Igor Roditis Jablokov, James Richard Terrell, II, Scott Edward Paden
  • Patent number: 8333777
    Abstract: Methods and systems for closing an opening or defect in tissue, closing a lumen or tubular structure, cinching or remodeling a cavity or repairing a valve preferably utilizing a purse string or elastic device. The preferred devices and methods are directed toward catheter-based percutaneous, transvascular techniques used to facilitate placement of the devices within lumens, such as blood vessels, or on or within the heart to perform structural defect repair, such as valvular or ventricular remodeling. In some methods, the catheter is positioned within the right ventricle, wherein the myocardial wall or left ventricle may be accessed through the septal wall to position a device configured to permit reshaping of the ventricle. The device may include a line or a plurality of anchors interconnected by a line. In one arrangement, the line is a coiled member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Benvenue Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Laurent Schaller, Joseph Trautman
  • Patent number: 8335741
    Abstract: A system and method is provided to allow a consumer to interactively explore his credit score by submitting hypothetical values based on his actual credit data. The system uses the consumer's real credit data and the submitted hypothetical values to calculate a simulated credit score based on a simulator scorecard. The consumer may then observe the changes in the resultant scores. The system and the scorecard may utilize fewer data elements than a complete credit-worthiness scorecard and may instead focus on the key elements affecting a consumer's credit score. The system may be implemented in part on a web server or as a stand-alone application. The system may also update the score dynamically as the consumer adjusts the hypothetical values or may require the consumer to affirmatively submit the new hypothetical data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Experian Information Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam T. Kornegay, Joseph L. Greenwald, Constance A. Elliott
  • Patent number: 8334218
    Abstract: In one aspect, non-conformal layers are formed by variations of plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition, where one or more of pulse duration, separation, RF power on-time, reactant concentration, pressure and electrode spacing are varied from true self-saturating reactions to operate in a depletion-effect mode. Deposition thus takes place close to the substrate surface but is controlled to terminate after reaching a specified distance into openings (e.g., deep DRAM trenches, pores, etc.). Reactor configurations that are suited to such modulation include showerhead, in situ plasma reactors, particularly with adjustable electrode spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: ASM America, Inc.
    Inventors: Sebastian E. Van Nooten, Jan Willem Maes, Steven Marcus, Glen Wilk, Petri Räisänen, Kai-Erik Elers
  • Patent number: D672539
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Tod's S.p.A.
    Inventors: Andrea Della Valle, Marco Censi, Guillaume Marie Claude Hinfray
  • Patent number: D672541
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignees: Tod's S.p.A., Photofan Limited
    Inventor: Karl Lagerfeld
  • Patent number: D672942
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Tod's S.p.A.
    Inventors: Diego Della Valle, Andrea Vico